If you had to pick a Florence softball player out of the lineup — not the criminal kind, the sporting one — the odds are pretty good you’d have just tabbed a Drozdz.
The Falcons have a rarity on their hands right now with a set of three sisters all in uniform, each of whom is contributing at the varsity level.
“It’s a softball family,” said Stephanie, the eldest Drozdz sister and a senior catcher. “We all play the sport and our parents come to most of the games; mom’s at every one. We all play for the game and we all get along pretty well.”
But the wackiest detail in this story is that younger siblings Kristyne and Natalie had the Falcons in this same spot last year — albeit Natalie as a freshman wasn’t getting nearly as many innings.
“It’s different, definitely interesting,” said Kristyne, the middle Drozdz and a junior infielder. “We usually get along pretty well, which is pretty nice too.”
The sisters came up through the Little League softball ranks together, their slight age difference of just one year each allowing them to share spots on the same rosters more often than not prior to the high school field. The only time in ASA ball that it didn’t work out that way was actually just last year.
Don’t expect the Drozdz trend to continue, though. Natalie, now a sophomore, is the last offspring in the bunch so there won’t be a new sister to replace Stephanie when graduation comes calling later this spring.
A year after that, Natalie will be the only Drozdz left playing in Florence, the two-time State B-C defending champion. That’s a weird concept to try and even imagine, she said.
“I’m going to have a lot of pressure on my back to fill the name of Drozdz,” Natalie said in hyperbole, laughing. “It’ll be good for me to be on my own finally, but I like have them around. We work well together.
“I actually like playing with them because they’re really supportive of me,” the reserve infielder/outfielder continued. “I like watching them grow. Stephanie and Kristyne have gotten way better over the years and I’m just there for the ride to see them play.”